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Escape to Kenya and Seychelles in Style

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Escape to Kenya and Seychelles in Style

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, and then there is a page on each place that is included.

Important travel information for visitors to Kenya and Seychelles is included at the back of this document.

All the holidays we offer to our clients are tailor-made, so we can adjust this trip to fit in with your travel dates, interests, preferred accommodation, and of course your budget.

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Escape to Kenya and Seychelles in Style

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Holiday Title: Escape to Kenya and Seychelles in Style

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya and Seychelles for 11 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

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Holiday Title: Escape to Kenya and Seychelles in Style

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport.

You will be met once you disembark from the plane and assisted through Immigration (including help if required with visa application and processing), luggage collection and Customs (luggage screening). You will then be accompanied to meet up with your driver/Customer Services representative.

You will then be transferred to nearby Wilson Airport, where you will check in for your morning flight down to the Masai Mara.

Safarilink 01 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 10:00 to Naboisho/Ol Seki Airstrip, arriving at 11:00

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp. Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is a private tented camp in the thriving Naboisho Conservancy. Charge up your camera and focus your binoculars, there's so much to see. Elephants crash through the acacia scrub, hippos submerge themselves in the slimy pools, an elusive leopard lolls in the high branches - your experienced guide will train your eyes to distinguish the creatures from their natural camouflage


Day 4

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will board your flight back to Nairobi.

Safarilink 02 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Naboisho/Ol Seki Airstrip departing at 11:00 to Wilson Airport (WIL), arriving at 12:15

You will be transferred to your hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy.

Hemingways Nairobi is a boutique hotel that elevates the standard of luxury for travellers. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. The iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills is a magical view which can be enjoyed over sundowners at the bar.


Day 5

You will be collected early this morning from your hotel, and transferred back to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, where you will check in for your flight to Seychelles.

Kenya Airways KQ250 (Economy Class): Fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) departing at 12:45 to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), arriving at 17:00

Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall to the Welcome Kiosk of our representative in Seychelles. Here, you will be welcomed to the island and then transferred to your hotel.

The Kempinski Seychelles Resort is perfectly situated just 30 minutes from the international airport on Mahe - the largest island in the Seychelles. The white sandy beach is enticing and the crystal clear water, vivid species of fish and multi-coloured corals makes this the perfect diving location, or the Olympic-length swimming pool offers the chance to relax by the pool with light refreshments as you unwind and simply let the island's slow pace soothe your soul through the day.


Day 12

You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel can arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.

 
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Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

Masai Mara: 3 Nights

Located In the heart of the Naboisho Conservancy, adjoining the Masai Mara National Reserve, guests at Ol Seki Hemingways are offered a uniquely private safari experience.

Enjoy Big 5 game viewing in an open safari vehicle in the pristine surroundings of the conservancy, where the abundance of wildlife allows guests to enjoy day and night drives away from the hustle of mass tourism. Only 6 guests are on each safari vehicle, so everyone is guaranteed a 'window seat' for excellent photographic opportunities. Day trips into the Masai Mara National Reserve can also be organised on request, along with a hot air balloon safari, guided walks with a Masai guide, and cultural visits to the local Masai community.

The library tent offers an extensive selection of local and international literature, giving guests the chance to enjoy a read while soaking in the stunning views of the plains. Share a story with fellow guests and staff over a drink from the complimentary bar. Traditional African decor and colonial furnishing provide the perfect safari atmosphere.

Down from the library, along a lantern lit pathway you will come to the viewing deck. Take in the incredible views of the nearby waterhole in the day and in the evening look up to see the incredible African night sky, sundowners in hand as the evening campfire blazes. During the heat of the day, cool off and take a dip in the infinity pool.

Move into the dining tent and enjoy a 3 course selection of international cuisine while you watch the giraffe graze below. For a more romantic setting, meals can be organised in the privacy of your tent, or perhaps you would prefer to enjoy a romantic candle lit dinner under the nearby ancient Ndorobo caves.

There are 6 uniquely rounded en-suite Nina tents, each boasting a 270 degree panoramic view across the vast plains. Each tent remains completely hidden from the next for the utmost privacy and seclusion.

There are also 2 Family Tents, both with 2 bedrooms and a lounge area, and which also include the service of a private safari vehicle and guide for the duration of your stay.

Example Details For Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Nina Safari Tent (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied - selected periods only)
Includes: All meals; Conservancy fees; soft drinks, beer and house wine; airstrip transfers; one shared night drive and one shared bush breakfast; and twice-daily shared game drives in the Conservancy are included. Additional day game drives into the Masai Mara National Reserve can be arranged (the Masai Mara National Reserve daily fee will be an additional per person cost).

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Hemingways Nairobi

Nairobi: 1 Night

Hemingways Nairobi is an elegant boutique hotel situated in Nairobi's peaceful Karen residential area, with magnificent views of the nearby Ngong Hills and the property's 8 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. The property is just 30 km from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and 15 km from Wilson Airport.

The location of Hemingways Nairobi is perfect to explore the Nairobi National Park, which is home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, rhino, cheetah, and a large number of lions - all living wild within 20 minutes of the busy city. The Elephant Orphanage is very close, where visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the feeding of baby orphaned elephants and rhinos up close, and so is the Giraffe Centre, again where visitors can photograph and feed the giraffe. Or take a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, Karen Blixen's former home, and relive your memories of both the book and the film 'Out of Africa'.

The relaxed Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Private dining can also be arranged for guests if required.  Afternoon tea can also be enjoyed on the terrace. The Hemingways Bar is a contemporary venue with the ambience and comfort of a private club.

The Hemingway Spa offes a range of facial and body treatments. There is also a heated swimming pool and gym which is open 7 days a week.

There are 19 Executive Suites, 24 Deluxe Suites and 2 Presidential Suites. Each bedroom is approximately 80 square metres and has a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills. The décor feature muted colours and textured fabric while subtle touches of brass, mahogany and leather add to the colonial grandeur of the beautifully finished rooms. Some of the rooms interconnect, making this ideal for families.

The guest attention is personal and sincere, offering a seamless service from the moment you arrive to when you depart. Your dedicated butler will be available all the time, offering a personalised, bespoke service with the traditional values of discretion and convenience.

Example Details For Hemingways Nairobi

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Mahe: 7 Nights

Kempinski Seychelles Resort is an indulgent retreat that captures the spirit of the Seychelles. Located on the exclusive south end of Mahe directly on the famous Baie Lazare, the resort is a mere 30 minutes from the international airport and only 40 minutes from the capital Victoria. Discover a world of exceptional experiences, from tranquil beachside luxury to soothing nature-based leisure activities and enjoy a holiday that complements your every desire.

The resort is located on an 800m stretch of remarkably beautiful beach. Sun loungers are discreetly positioned between palm trees along the length of the beach, creating a remarkable sense of privacy. Despite being positioned on a beautifully landscaped 64 hectare property, the resort has been laid out in such a way that guests are never very far away from the water.

The temperature is warm enough to swim all year round, but, if ever you tire of swimming or snorkelling in the crystal-clear Indian Ocean, there is an Olympic-length swimming pool, where guests can cool off or burn some energy swimming laps. There is even a children's paddling pool at the Kids Club, so that no guest is left out of the aquatic fun.

The south of Mahe has some of the most beautiful and diverse dive sites in the Seychelles. The resort's 5* PADI dive centre at the resort is able to cater for divers of all experience levels - from seasoned dive masters to absolute beginners who are eager to experience the magic of scuba diving for the very first time. They also offer various PADI courses for guests that are interested in advancing their scuba skills during their stay.

Glass bottom boat excursions, surfing, and kayaking excursions can be booked at the Watersports Pavillion for fun on the water rather than in the water.

The Kempinski Spa offers a range of treatments and also has a fully equipped fitness centre. The resort also has tennis and volleyball courts, a casino and bike hire.

Elegantly appointed Hill View, Beachside and Sea View rooms promote a feeling of tranquility and bliss. All rooms are decorated in warm, earthy tones and are equipped with modern amenities. 

Diverse flavours capture the cultural mix of the Seychelles and you can experience this at the various bars and restaurants found within the resort. Private dining options are also available.

Example Details For Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Hill View Room (Early Bird 30% discount offer applied - booking must be confirmed 90 days prior to travel)
Includes: BB Package: Breakfast is included.

Location

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Kempinski Seychelles Resort

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Important Travel Information For Kenya

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated04 November 2020: The suspension of international flights to and from Kenya was lifted on 01 August 2020. The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs have advised that:

Travellers arriving from the UK and other selected countries are not required to enter mandatory quarantine for 14 days, as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test (see below).  A list of approved countries can be viewed here: https://kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states - this list may be updated at any time and without warning.

All travellers must carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of flying. The negative COVID-19 test must be a negative PCR test result. Travellers with a negative rapid test result will still need to enter mandatory or voluntary quarantine for 14 days, depending on the Kenyan authorities’ assessment on the traveller’s ability to quarantine.

All travellers will be screened on arrival into Kenya and anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in the place they are staying for the first 14 days of their stay and observe Government of Kenya protocols as directed. Passengers travelling in the 2 rows surrounding the person displaying symptoms will be traced and required to quarantine for 14 days.

All travellers arriving in Kenya must complete a COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form which can be downloaded here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya/entry-requirements. After submitting the form, travellers will receive a QR code which must be presented to port health officials for them to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration. IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO TAKE A PRINT OUT OF THE COMPLETED FORM AND QR CODE WITH YOU AS WELL TO SHOW ON ARRIVAL. 

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Kenya deems it safe to do so.

As of 01 January 2021, all foreign citizens wishing to travel to Kenya will need an eVisa, except citizens from countries who are exempt. A full list of the exempt countries can be found here: http://evisa.go.ke/eligibility.html.

You can only obtain a visa by applying online via the eVisa portal https://www.ecitizen.go.ke/evisa.html. Please ensure that you apply at least 3-4 weeks prior to your travel dates as approval for the eVisa takes up to 7 working days to process. Once the eVisa is issued, it is valid for 3 months. You must print a copy of your visa to present to the Immigration Officer at your point of entry.

The following eVisa types are available (please note there are no visa fees for children under the age of 16) - all costs subject to change:

Single Entry - Allows you to enter into Kenya once - current cost USD 51.

Transit - Allows a short stop over (up to 3 days/72 hours) in Kenya - current cost USD 21. This is ideal if you want to leave the secure area of the airport, for example for an overnight stay inbetween flights, or for a period not exceeding 72 hours. No visa is required for a direct transit (not leaving the secure area of the airport, aka staying ‘airside’, within the airport terminal) between 2 flights.

It is also possible to get an East Africa Tourist Visa which is valid for 90 days and allows holders to travel to and within Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - current cost USD 100 per person (subject to change) - but you can only apply for this at the point of entry or via your local Embassy.

Your passport should also be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. Make sure you have 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival.

IMPORTANT:  Plastic bags are banned in Kenya. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bring plastic bags into the country and being in possession of a plastic bag is an offence and offenders could be penalised.

Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Kenya. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags.

Travellers coming into Kenya with plastic duty-free shop bags will also be required to leave them at the airport. Please check hand luggage before disembarking and any plastic bags (including the transparent ziplock plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc) should be left in the plane. This does not apply to people in transit.

All single use plastics, such as plastic water bottles and straws, are banned in all national parks, forests, beaches and conservation areas.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For Kenya

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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Kenya.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Kenya, except Nairobi and the highlands - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Kenya falls into the yellow fever region in Africa. There is only a low potential for exposure to yellow fever in Nairobi, Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi and Shimba Hills National Park, but in the rest of the country there is a higher risk. It is therefore advisable for all travellers aged 9 months and older to obtain a yellow fever vaccination no less than 10 days prior to travel, but depending on the rest of your travel plans and country of origin, it is not compulsory:

Travellers from the UK who are only travelling directly to and from Kenya are not required to produce a vaccination certificate upon their return to the UK.

If you are arriving into Kenya from a country which has a risk of yellow fever transmission, you will be required to provide a certificate of your vaccination upon entry into Kenya. These countries include Angola, Argentina, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda and Venezula but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1

Certain countries including South Africa and Tanzania will deny entry if you are arriving from Kenya without the vaccination. Please ensure you check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1 to see which countries impose this rule.

If your doctor advises that it is not safe for you to have the vaccination then you should obtain a medical waiver and travel with this instead.

Languages And Culture

English is the common commercial language, therefore it is spoken in the major towns and at all lodges and hotels. There are 52 tribes in Kenya, each with their own tribal language. The national language in Kenya is Swahili.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Showing anger is not acceptable – Kenyan people pride themselves on their emotional control and expect the same in others. Try to remain patient, polite and friendly, even if the situation is very frustrating. Pointing with your finger at someone is considered very rude and is deemed to be an obscene gesture.

The coastal areas are predominantly Muslim so it is important to dress conservatively out of respect for the Muslim culture. On the beaches and within the confines of hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity/topless sunbathing is not. Away from beach resorts (especially in Mombasa, during the holy month of Ramadan or if you visit religious areas), women should avoid walking around in public areas displaying their legs and upper arms/shoulders - ‘short’ shorts, mini skirts, vests and tank tops may be frowned upon and viewed as a sign of disrespect. Long, loose hair is also seen as very provocative, so to avoid unwanted attention ladies may wish to tie their hair back or wear a headscarf.

Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph, or before photographing official buildings including Embassies.

Smoking in all public places (except in designated areas) is prohibited.

You must carry a form of ID with you at all times. A copy of your passport is normally acceptable, but recently some police officers have been insisting on the original document.

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Important Travel Information For Seychelles

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 01 October 2020: From 01 August, only visitors who travel from countries deemed to be a low or medium COVID-19 risk will be permitted entry to Seychelles. A list of approved countries can be viewed at the Seychelles Ministry of Health website here: http://tourism.gov.sc/covid-19-guidelines/ - this list may be updated at any time and without warning. If you are eligible for entry to Seychelles, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours prior to boarding your flight.

IN ADDITION: From 01 October a Visitor Travel Advisory will allow 7 countries with Special Status (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and UAE) to travel but with more stringent sanitary measures:

  • A PCR test for COVID-19 must be done no more than 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
  • After arrival into Seychelles, the visitor must stay in a designated establishment and may not leave the premises for 5 days. 
  • A repeat PCR test will be performed on the 5th day. If the test result is negative, the visitor will be free to continue with his planned holiday. If the test resultis positive, the visitor will be required to stay in a designated stay-safe hotel until cleared by the Public Health Authority.

ALL PASSENGERS will be temperature checked at all ports of arrival. If symptoms of COVID-19 are found to be present, tests will be conducted. Those found to be positive will be quarantined and re-checked.

EVERYBODY must also apply for a Seychelles Health Travel Authorisation (HTA) in advance of travel (no more than 72 hours pre-departure from country of origin) - you can apply from your mobile phone via Android or iOS apps or on the web https://seychelles.govtas.com. A 45 Euro fee will be charged per application (subject to change). After submitting the application, the traveller will receive automatic emails confirming receipt of application and payment. Travellers will then receive a clear response on their eligibility to travel in the form of a secure barcode, also available as a wallet pass, which they can present at check in and boarding. Without this HTA a traveller will NOT be allowed to board a plane to the destination. Each individual is required to apply separately for an HTA. For children under 18 years of age, the legal guardian, parent or accompanying adult is responsible for completing the application.

All passengers must also provide proof of accommodation in an approved establishment for the duration of their stay when entering Seychelles.

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Seychelles deems it safe to do so.

Normally, irrespective of the nationality of the visitor and his or her family members (with some exceptions* - see below), there are NO VISA requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:

A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles

Return or onward ticket

Proof of accommodation; including contact details

Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay

Presentation of all of the above documents will grant you a Visitor’s Permit that will be issued upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration. The Visitor’s Permit is initially valid for the period of visit of up to one month.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Seychelles and have sufficient blank pages for the Seychelles entry/exit stamps (at least 2).

* If you are a passport holder from certain African countries, please contact your local Seychelles High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as nationals from certain countries are required to obtain temporary visas before travelling to Seychelles.

Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For Seychelles

Continued

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Seychelles.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

Tap water meets W.H.O. (World Health Organization) specifications and is safe to drink nationwide. Because tap water is chlorinated, however, visitors are advised to drink bottled water but there is no imperative to avoid soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and ice. If you are in any way concerned about drinking water, bottled water is widely available in shops, restaurants and hotel bars.

There is NO risk of contracting malaria in Seychelles, as the anopheles mosquito does not exist in Seychelles. However, some cases of dengue fever transmitted by mosquitoes have been reported. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Seychelles, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Seychelles. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Seychelles requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

Languages And Culture

There are 3 official languages in Seychelles: Creole (a lilting, French-based patois), English and French. Many Seychellois also speak fluent Italian or German.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Topless sunbathing is uncommon and not tolerated on some beaches. Nudism is not acceptable.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Seychelles. However, local attitudes do and can vary, so whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

Please resist the urge to collect seashells along the beaches as many are used as habitation by hermit crabs.  Collecting shells is prohibited in nature reserves, marine parks and reserves in Seychelles.  The unique and unusual tropical flora is beautiful and for it to remain so, it is important that you admire it, but leave it for others to enjoy. 

Be considerate towards the fauna and sensitive to its sometimes fragile nature.  Please walk carefully on the reefs and do not feed sea birds, mammals, turtles or tortoises or disturb them or their nesting grounds.